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Dutt faces ire of co-convicts' kin

As the Bollywood actor arrives in TADA court, many shout slogans demanding equal treatment for all convicts.

india Updated: Feb 06, 2007 15:14 IST

Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt on Tuesday faced the ire of relatives of co-convicts in 1993 serial bomb blasts case when he arrived at the TADA court in Mumbai on the expiry of his bail.

Dutt, convicted for possessing illegal arms, arrived at the court at around 10:55 am and a group of about 50 relatives of convicts shouted slogans against the actor demanding all the convicts should be treated like him.

The protestors were quickly removed from the area by police.

"The law should be applicable to all and there should be no benefit granted to anyone because of their status. Our relatives have been in jail since 1995 and have not been granted bail even once," one of the protestors said.

Dutt, who is facing a prison term between five to ten years, has had his bail extended three times by the court in the past since being convicted on Novemeber 28, 2006.

The actor was held guilty for possessing an AK-56 rifle, a pistol and ammunition illegally has made an application before the court that he be released on bond, on assurance of good conduct under Probation of Offenders Act. Dutt has been acquitted under the Terrorism and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act.

The court is expected to hear arguments on the application from the CBI and Dutt's lawyers on Tuesday.

First Published: Feb 06, 2007 13:35 IST